3 Stocks Moving The Real Estate Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.6%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.5%, Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.3%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.2% and Prologis ( PLD), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is up $2.07 (2.0%) to $105.40 on light volume. Thus far, 82,460 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 246,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.36-$105.69 after having opened the day at $103.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.33.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. operates as a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage, and consumer debt industries in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 36.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, E-House China Holdings ( EJ) is up $0.88 (6.8%) to $13.79 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.90-$13.91 after having opened the day at $12.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.91.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E-House China Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is up $1.05 (3.4%) to $32.13 on average volume. Thus far, 839,995 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.00-$32.29 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.08.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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